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barbaric

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adjective bar·bar·ic \bär-ˈber-ik, -ˈba-rik\

Simple Definition of barbaric

  • : of or relating to barbarians

  • : very rude or offensive : not polite or proper

  • : very cruel

Full Definition of barbaric

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or characteristic of barbarians b :  possessing or characteristic of a cultural level more complex than primitive savagery but less sophisticated than advanced civilization

  2. 2 a :  marked by a lack of restraint :  wild b :  having a bizarre, primitive, or unsophisticated quality

  3. 3 :  barbarous 3

bar·bar·i·cal·ly play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of barbaric

  1. Barbaric tribes invaded the area.

  2. His table manners are barbaric.

  3. They considered the custom barbaric.

  4. The treatment of the prisoners was positively barbaric.



15th Century

First Known Use of barbaric

15th century

Rhymes with barbaric


BARBARIC Defined for Kids

barbaric

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adjective bar·bar·ic \bär-ˈber-ik\

Definition of barbaric

  1. 1 :  barbarous

  2. 2 :  showing a lack of restraint <barbaric power>





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